Celebrating Two Anniversaries
In the Summer and Fall of 2007, three forward-thinking women (Claire Bryington, Linda Bauer, and Muriel Harris) decided to take money left-over from our long-time Meals-on-Wheels ministry and begin RESTORE. RESTORE converted buildings and Sunday school rooms into a Food Pantry and Thrift Store. RESTORE has undergone many changes of management (Claire and Jim Bryington, Karen and Bill Moore, Carole and Tracy Whidden, and now Maritza Rivera and Dan Yost), and has been supported by too many volunteers to mention. Happy 10th Birthday to our RESTORE outreach, and thanks to everyone who has made that outreach possible and meaningful to the greater Riverview community.
This month is also marks the 15th Anniversary of service for our long-time nursery attendant, Susan Bonner. Susan is just one of the many, many volunteers who have served the church anonymously throughout the years—but without whom we could not function. Congratulations to Susan and thank you for your faithful service over the years.
The Pumpkin Patch Now Open
After some transportation delay, the Youth’s Pumpkin Patch is now open. This year, the Patch has been moved to the yard in front of the Youth Building. The Patch’s hours of operation are from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on weekdays; between Noon and 8:00 PM on Saturday; and, between 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday. If you need more information or have questions about the patch, please call Rick Phillips at 503-7933.
Flapjack Fundraiser, Coming October 21st
The United Methodist Men are currently selling tickets for their semi-annual Flapjack Fundraiser. Everyone is invited to come to the Applebee’s Restaurant at 829 Providence Road in Brandon from 8 AM until 10 AM to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. Tickets are on sale from any Methodist Man for $7 apiece. Not only is breakfast a great value, but the men collect $5 for each ticket sold. Get our tickets and we’ll see you there on Saturday, October 21st.
New Membership Sunday
On October 30, 1517, Martin Luther posted 96 arguments against church operations and management on his school’s cathedral door. That act, 500 years ago, finally and firmly ignited the Protestant Reformation. How appropriate then that we will be welcoming a few new members on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Please contact Pastor Merritt at the church office if you would like to be a new member into our church family. The congregation is invited to join us in Crichton Hall immediately following the service for soup and dessert.
We would like to thank Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion and all the volunteers who came out to assemble and pack hurricane buckets and hygiene kits. Those supplies are destined to the local assembly point at Hyde Park UMC in downtown Tampa, and from there to hurricane survivors in Florida and Puerto Rico.